Category Archives: reptiles

The best religion + animal joke ever

Well, I find it hilarious: After the Flood, Noah opens up the Ark and lets all the animals out, telling them, “Go forth and multiply.” As he’s closing the great doors of the boat, he notices that there are two snakes sitting in a dark corner. So he says to them, “Didn’t you hear me? […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have photos form two readers today. First, Saloni Rose is back after recovering from a bout of dengue. She has a lovely and dextrous bird for us; her notes are indented: My father and I went birdwatching in the rice fields outside the township of Rawabhata (Rajasthan, India). It had rained a few days […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have some underwater photos today, pictures taken by reader Peter Klaver. His descriptions are indented, and note that there are several of his movies linked to the text. Last month two friends and I had a week of diving in the Red Sea. The underwater life there is simply stunning. The highlight of the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a first-time poster today, Rob Knell, an evolutionary ecologist from Queen Mary University of London. His research page is here, and his “favourite animal photos” page is here.  Today we have some of his favourites. His captions are indented: I’m fortunate enough to have taught field courses in both Borneo and South Africa […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos of diverse insects (plus one reptile and one arachnid) from Mark Sturtevant. His notes and IDs are indented. These are all from June of the summer of 2018. First up is a horsefly that kept buzzing my car. It had dozens of pollen grains on its body and on its lovely […]

Here’s the gecko!

I’m sure you spootted the Gold dust day gecko earlier today. I’ll reproduce the original photo, and then give a three-part reveal showing this lovely animal. There it is—at about 2 o’clock. More pictures of this wonderful creature:    

Spot the Gold dust day gecko

At our wonderful accommodation in Hilo, the Dolphin Bay Hotel, there are free fruits from the garden laid out for ad lib consumption. Today there was a stalk of bananas and a pile of ripe papaya, but among the papayas lurked a cute reptile. Can you spot the Gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda), also […]

Hawaii Day 1: Sea turtles, cats, and noms

I have arrived, and yesterday spent my first full day on Oahu. It was a good day, too, greeting my favorite cat, seeing green sea turtles haul themselves out of the surf to bask in the sand on the island’s North Shore, and having a great Hawaiian plate lunch. Here’s the drill. I was greeted […]

Manager’s wildlife photos—ducks!

Because I’m in transit, today’s wildlife photos will be of Anas platyrhynchos, otherwise known as the mallard. In particular, we’ll see the mallards of Botany Pond—the most famous mallards in Illinois. Here is Anna with her eight babies, all thriving and hanging around a mud puddle. They splashed around in it and even drank the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

Today we have two disparate but engaging items: a photo and a video. The video (no ducks were harmed in this clip!) comes from our friend Tara Tanaka, whose note are indented (her Vimeo site is here, and her Flickr site is here). Be sure to enlarge the video before watching. (Tara promises more video of young […]